In England, more accusations that Jehovah's Witnesses hid sex abuse
By Trey Bundy / January 4, 2016
Claims that Jehovah’s Witnesses hide child sexual abuse from secular authorities have surfaced again in England.
The Daily Mail reported last week that Ian Pheasey, a 54-year-old Jehovah’s Witness, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for choking young girls for sexual gratification in the 1990s.
Prosecutor Nicholas Taplow said that Pheasey’s victims were told to keep quiet and that “the matter was swept under the carpet by the church.”
Meanwhile, in the North Sea coastal town of Hartlepool, England, an ex-Jehovah’s Witness told The Northern Echo last month that his former religion endangers children.
“It is very difficult for people, maybe young people, in the church to go to the police,” said Steve Rose, who claims the Witnesses have kicked him out and shunned him.
According to the Echo, Rose has been providing information to a government commission investigating allegations that Jehovah’s Witnesses policies fail to protect children from sexual abuse.
For years, the Witnesses have defended lawsuits on at least three continents claiming that they shield child abusers from prosecution. But more recently, government agencies have taken notice and begun investigating the religion’s policy of not reporting child abuse to law enforcement except when required by law. Read More: